Beneath the soaring ceilings of the 130-year-old Palm House, chefs roll out an award-winning buffet peppered with seasonal produce and local artisanal ingredients. A coveted destination for weddings and unloved cacti, the brick greenhouse throws open its doors to the brunch-going public each Sunday, inspiring the Riverfront Times to name it "a temple to the brunch-ian cause". Verdant palm fronds drape the historic busts that stand sentinel around the sunny, 3,800-square-foot dining room, which the Butler’s Pantry design team outfits with elegant food spreads. In the warmer months, staff usher patrons onto the patio, a prime vantage point for idyllic lily ponds and horse-drawn carriages.
Saint Louis Workout helps members get fit with a fleet of weightlifting equipment, high-tech cardio machines, and more than 30 weekly classes. Elliptical machines assist in bouts of calorie singeing, and free weights tone muscles more efficiently than replacing one's hands with bowling balls. A full roster of classes includes Zumba, yoga, and interval-training sessions, and the brigade of seasoned certified personal trainers customize workouts, drawing from experience in such fields as running, health science, and bodybuilding. With onsite showers and a whirlpool, the gym helps workouts and relaxation fit into busy days.
The Kitchen Sink is inspired by New Orleans flavors, but as its name suggests, the menu realizes that vision with a hearty helping of eclecticism. There's jambalaya and etouffee, sure, but Creole ingredients also accent imaginative entrees such as a Cajun gyro and a 3 Lil' Pigs burger with an andouille sausage patty. These bold tastes aren't limited to lunch and dinner?for instance, the breakfast menu features the popular crab cake benedict, as well as the aptly named The Sink, a plateful of biscuits, sausage patties, tater tots designed to pair with a gulp from a cold-water tap.